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Category: Fifa

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West Ham confident of no punishment for defaulting on Haller fee payment

Club failed to make £5.4m payment to Eintracht FrankfurtWest Ham reported to Fifa and indicate it will be paid soonWest Ham are confident they will not face any punishment after Eintracht Frankfurt complained to Fifa about the Premier League club defau…

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Australia and New Zealand’s winning Women’s World Cup bid is a moment of optimism for football

Hosting the Fifa tournament will also open the door to the greatest untapped commercial market in world football: AsiaIn 2015, when France was announced as the host for the 2019 Women’s World Cup, the dramatic reveal of the envelope was met with little…

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Colombia’s bid to host 2023 Women’s World Cup boosted by Uefa

Uefa representatives on Fifa council urged to vote for ColombiaAustralia and New Zealand combined bid had been favouriteThe vote on Thursday to decide who hosts the 2023 Women’s World Cup is believed to be tighter than expected after Uefa members of th…

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As Fifa urges action against inequality, how is Qatar 2022 looking these days? | Barney Ronay

The building of World Cup venues has, by some estimates, cost thousands of lives. Should we be sitting in these arenas watching football? Or tipping them into the harbour?If you want to be picky, you could say Raheem Sterling chose an ill-targeted meta…

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Gianni Infantino ponders salary caps in post-coronavirus football

• Fifa president says ‘difficult period’ can lead to major changes• Latest Premier League tests show zero positives in 1,195 samplesThe Fifa president, Gianni Infantino, has admitted salary caps may be necessary to restructure football’s finances in th…

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Football chiefs talk a good game on racism but it still looks like bluster | Barry Glendenning

Fifa’s and Uefa’s response to the solidarity shown by players with George Floyd needs to be more than platitudesTalk is famously cheap and out of the mouths of international football administrators tumble platitudes that are not worth the paper they wi…

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Haiti’s Yves Jean-Bart suspended for 90 days by Fifa over sexual abuse claims

President of the Haiti Football Federation denies allegationsJean-Bart banned from all football-related activitiesFifa has provisionally suspended Yves Jean-Bart pending an investigation into claims the president of the Haiti Football Federation sexual…

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Alleged victims of Haiti FA president say they have received threats

New allegations of sexual abuse made against Yves Jean-BartFHF says claims are ‘baseless’ and he will be ‘fully exonerated’Several alleged victims of sexual abuse by Yves Jean-Bart, the president of the Haiti Football Federation, say they have received…

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FA case against Fifa over Chelsea transfer ban verdict to be heard in June

FA found guilty by Fifa of violations relating to caseCourt of arbitration to hear FA appeal on 26 JuneThe Football Association has challenged Fifa’s ruling that it violated regulations in relation to Chelsea’s transfer ban and its appeal is to be hear…

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Fifa takes action after Swiss drop part of Sepp Blatter investigation

Swiss attorney general at odds with FifaPolice reports allege gifts made in return for votesFifa is preparing to press the authorities in Switzerland to prosecute Sepp Blatter for alleged corruption, after the Swiss attorney general dropped part of its…

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Haiti FA president accused of sexually abusing young female players

Claims of abuse by Yves Jean-Bart at national centreJean-Bart denies all allegations made against him The president of the Haitian football federation has been accused of sexually abusing young female footballers at the country’s national training cent…

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Five substitutions proposed by Fifa to help teams after coronavirus layoff

Plan designed for player safety amid fixture congestionTemporary measure would be at discretion of leaguesTeams will be able to make up to five substitutions under a Fifa proposal to help players cope with fixture congestion amid the coronavirus pandem…

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Fifa says planned £800m investment in women’s football will not be cut

Funding will not be affected by Covid-19, Fifa saysNews follows warning about cuts from FifproFifa has confirmed that its promised $1bn (£800m) investment into women’s football between 2019 and 2022 will not be cut into as the organisation explores how…

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Resistance to Fifa is futile: fall in line or prepare to be Normalised

There is plenty up for grabs after the collapse of club football’s TV rights power base – and Fifa is ready to grab itNobody wants a visit from the Normalisation Committee. This was the fate of the Samoan FA in June 2008 after concerns were raised abou…

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Former Fox executives plead not guilty in Fifa bribery case

Hernan Lopez and Carlos Martinez arraigned amid alleged scheme targeting broadcast rights to major competitionsTwo former senior executives at Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox pleaded not guilty to wire fraud and money laundering charges on Thursday a…

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World Cup likely to stay in Qatar despite new bribery accusations in US

US prosecutors say three Fifa officials took bribes during votingQatar supreme committee denies any allegations of wrongdoingThe 2022 World Cup is highly unlikely to be moved from Qatar despite the latest criminal indictment by the US Department of Jus…

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World Cup likely to stay in Qatar despite new bribery accusations in US

US prosecutors say three Fifa officials took bribes during votingQatar supreme committee denies any allegations of wrongdoingThe 2022 World Cup is highly unlikely to be moved from Qatar despite the latest criminal indictment by the US Department of Jus…

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Fifa approves extended player contracts and later transfer windows

Contracts should run until seasons end, says FifaDeals agreed for next season will be delayed by Covid-19 Fifa has approved the extension of player contracts until seasons are able to finish, with the coronavirus pandemic also seeing transfer window da…

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Fifa exco members took bribes for Qatar World Cup votes, US prosecutors allege

Former Conmebol president among executives namedJack Warner allegedly received $5m to back Russia 2018Prosecutors in New York have revealed new details of alleged bribes paid to Fifa executive committee members to gain their votes for Qatar to host the…

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Former Fox executives indicted in Fifa bribery scheme

Multimillion dollar scheme involved kickbacks to Fifa officials for broadcast rights to the 2018 and 2022 World CupTwo former senior executives at Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox corporation have been indicted over their alleged role in a multimillio…